Jonathan Legard

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Jonathan Legard
Born July 1961
Cardiff, Wales, UK

Jonathan Legard (born July 1961 in Cardiff, Wales), is a sports journalist, best known as the lead commentator for the BBC's Formula One TV coverage in 2009 and 2010.

Legard has been the BBC's motor racing and football correspondent as well as commentating regularly on Formula One races for BBC Radio 5 Live from 1997 to 2004. On 24 November 2008, he was confirmed as the lead commentator for the BBC's Formula One coverage in 2009.[1] On 11 January 2011, the BBC announced changes in the F1 commentary team.[2] On Twitter, Legard confirmed to British F1 fans that he would not be commentating on BBC F1 coverage during the forthcoming season.[3]

On 19 January 2011 Legard became an occasional sports presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.[4] In February 2011 Legard began commentating on football in BBC's The Football League Show. He commentated on volleyball for the BBC at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


1987 - 1990: BBC Radio Merseyside
1990 - 1997: BBC Radio 5 Live
1997 - 2004: Motor racing correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live
2004 - 2008: Football correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live
2009 - 2010: Formula One commentator for BBC 1.
2011 - : Sports correspondent for BBC Radio 4's Today programme and Football correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live
2011 - : Sports news presenter BBC News Channel and BBC World News 2011 - : Commentator on BBC One's The Football League Show
2012 - : Relief Formula One commentator for BBC.
2012: Volleyball commentator for BBC at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
2013: DTM highlights commentator for ITV4

Personal life[edit]

Although born in Cardiff, Legard grew up in Chester after moving there in 1966. He attended the Firs School before continuing his education at a private school in Shrewsbury. Legard is a lifelong fan of Chester City F.C. who until 2010 played their football in the Football Conference.[5] Legard is married and has three children and lives in the UK.


  1. ^ "Coulthard, Jordan & Brundle join BBC". BBC Sport (BBC). 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  2. ^ "BBC unveils F1 commentary changes". BBC. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  3. ^ "Jonathan Legard's Twitter feed". Twitter (Twitter). 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  4. ^ "Today: Wednesday 19th January". BBC News. 2011-01-19. 
  5. ^ Legard, Jonathan (2009-10-09). "Chester hit rock bottom". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 2009-10-09. 

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